Australasia

Te Pae Christchurch showcases inaugural menu

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has unveiled its inaugural menus, produced by its culinary team in collaboration with local suppliers. Executive chef Desmond Davies has spent months working with local suppliers to design a menu that he describes as “a true taste of New Zealand”, from kawakawa-rubbed Te Mana lamb rump from New Zealand’s high country, to oven-roasted Akaroa king sa...

Australia’s WA to open State borders in new controlled arrangement

Western Australia is set to welcome interstate delegates back to its shores, following Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement that the State’s border will move to a ‘controlled border’ from 14 November 2020. Visitors from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, which are considered ‘very low risk’ areas (no community cases for the past 28 da...

Adelaide hosts largest business event since pre-Covid

Adelaide recently hosted Connect South Australia, the State’s largest business event since pre-Covid. With South Australia (SA) described as “one of the most Covid-Safe destinations in the world”, business events are again operating in Adelaide. With an advance Covid-Safe sign off from Health SA, the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) organised and delivered Connect SA. The conference wa...

MCEC announces partnership with Guides Dogs Victoria

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has  entered into a partnership with Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) to “ensure Victorians with low vision or blindness can continue to receive essential services during coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdowns.” The venue will be used as a space, free of charge, for the training of Guide Dogs Victoria clients and guide dogs-in-training. With Melbour...

AV24/7 launches Connected Event Group 

Australia-based events industry staging and AV specialist, AV 24/7, has announced the formation of a new group of companies which, it says, aims to “service the changing needs of the events industry”.  Co-owner and general manager, Libbie Ray said: “As soon as the events industry was shut down in March, we challenged ourselves to think differently about what our clients needed most and...

AIME partners with Delegate Connect to power online platform for show

The organisers of Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow, Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) have announced a new partnership with Delegate Connect, which will see Delegate Connect powering the hybrid event’s 2021 online platform, AIME Online. The new partnership will enable AIME to launch a meetings algorithm to match connections between buyers and exhibitors. Meetings will match ...

ICC Sydney delivers A$510m despite Covid-19 effect

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has released its Annual Performance Review revealing delegates attending events at the venue generated A$510m (US$364.14m) in direct expenditure for New South Wales (NSW), despite the economic fallout from Covid-19 on the 2019/20 financial operating year. The report shows a year in two parts, with ICC Sydney initially on track for another strong ...